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Adobe Certification

I was wondering if anyone has done the Adobe certification tests for Photoshop? I was thinking of taking the test but had a couple questions. Mainly it pertains to whether your certification expires. I read about how if you get certified and Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop, does that make your certification invalid? That point doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me because theoretically you would still be certified for that version of Photoshop, but not for the newest version, so you should be able to claim you are certified with the version you took the test for. I personally don't have the money to be dropping $150US everytime Adobe comes out with a new version of their product. And odds are I would want to get certified in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, so it would add up quickly.

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why would you need such a certificate? seriously. does it make you worth more on the job market?

wedgin's picture
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Ivan wrote:
why would you need such a certificate? seriously. does it make you worth more on the job market?

Here is the article I read about it.

http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/adobe/a/becomingace.htm

I think it raises some valid points about how employers have no idea what level of skill you might have with the program. I can relate to this given the people I work with. Alot of them use Photoshop, but do they know alot of the clever nuances? I don't claim to know everything about Photoshop, but I know a fair bit and feel I could be certified. It at least gives a standard to say that your skills are of a certain grade or better and that this has been verified by Adobe. I could see that being a huge plus on a resumé.

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if the employers see that as a huge plus than i want to have the certification as well, but unfortunately from what i've seen all the employer looks at is your porti. if it rocks, they take you, if it sucks you'll be shown the way out.

i say unfortunately, because i know people who have average portis, but great potential and great skill too. when i hire people i look at their porti, but most importantly i ALWAYS give them a test job or two to see how they handle the work. ususally the work that comes out under such pressure and unfamiliar environment is not that great, but you can easily tell what level the potential employee is.

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Ivan wrote:
if the employers see that as a huge plus than i want to have the certification as well, but unfortunately from what i've seen all the employer looks at is your porti. if it rocks, they take you, if it sucks you'll be shown the way out.

i say unfortunately, because i know people who have average portis, but great potential and great skill too. when i hire people i look at their porti, but most importantly i ALWAYS give them a test job or two to see how they handle the work. ususally the work that comes out under such pressure and unfamiliar environment is not that great, but you can easily tell what level the potential employee is.

I think in my position it would be a bonus. I don't have a ton of design job experience, with just my full time job that I started as a co-op student, and freelance work to basically fill out my work profile. I will have 3 years experience come january, but it seems I can't seem to catch any eyes when sending out resumés because my qualifications don't necessarily blow anyone away when looking at my work history. I think this would help catch the eye of someone having this qualification. I'm in the position where I want to move on from my current job, but I don't have enough going on to go freelance full-time yet. Work in my area is pretty sparse according to alot of the people I talk to, so the market is very competitive when jobs do come up.

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I think you're barking up the wrong tree here (unless I misread what you're trying to accomplish).

Being Adobe certified will do absolutely NOTHING for you if you're trying to get a job as an Art Director or Designer in an agency. Those positions pay you for your mind (your creative thought process), not your technical skills - which is what the production artist/graphic artist does.

Now, if you're going for a job in the pre-press industry or a production artist job in an agency, it may do you a little good, but to be honest, nothing replaces real-world experience. Being certified won't "get you the job" - but it *may* help you if the company is undecided between you and someone else where all other considerations are equal.

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